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COVID-19 has changed the way we interact with and produce food. As we each look to recover from the impacts of COVID-19 and prepare for potentially similar outbreaks in the future, there are many questions around the risks associated with food production and to our employees to ensure that a safe and robust food supply is maintained for the public. Below you can find useful links to expert resources to help address your specific questions. We will continue to provide updates to these resources as the situation changes and new information becomes available.

All individuals (6 months and older) that reside in the US are eligible to be vaccinated.

Vaccines are widely available at pharmacies, local health departments, clinics, Federally Qualified Health Centers and other locations across the state. Visit to find appointments near you or contact your local pharmacy or provider. To schedule an appointment directly at a New York State-run site, go to New York State's vaccine scheduler and follow the instructions. Walk-in appointments are also accepted at New York State mass vaccination sites for all eligible adults. While the vaccination process is underway, New Yorkers should continue to wear a mask, social distance, avoid large gatherings and follow all other health guidelines.

Visit our Vaccine Information page for more.

Food Industry Virtual Office Hours

Join us for Q&A and facilitated discussions during our Food Industry Virtual Office Hours. Speak directly to Cornell University food safety experts in dairy, fresh fruits and vegetables, and processed foods and beverages.

Visit our Virtual Office Hours page for dates/times and information to join the sessions.

COVID-19: State of the Food Industry – Needs Assessment Survey

A needs assessment survey was conducted to identify the needs of the US food industry in mitigating the impact of the COVID-19 in their facilities and operations and to assess the ongoing adoption of COVID-19 mitigation strategies in the work environment. This document provides a brief description of the major preliminary findings.

View the PDF here.


  • COVID Alert NY phone app is part of New York’s Contact Tracing Program that will enhance the state’s efforts to contain the spread of COVID-19 and keep New Yorkers informed. Visit this page from New York State Department of Health to find information about how to download and use the COVID Alert NY app. Posted on October 2, 2020.
  • COVID Alert NY es la aplicación oficial del Sistema de Notificación de Exposición de New York creada por el Departamento de Salud del Estado de Nueva York, que mejorará los esfuerzos del estado para contener la propagación de COVID-19 y mantener informados a los neoyorquinos. Visite esta página del Departamento de Salud del Estado de Nueva York para encontrar información sobre cómo descargar y usar la aplicación COVID Alert NYPosted on October 2, 2020.

No Evidence to Support Food Associated Transmission of COVID-19

Food Industry Resources

COVID-19 Financial Assistance

COVID-19 Resources & Guidance Archive

Some of the resources from this page have been archived in an effort to highlight relevant information. Please note that information in this document may be outdated and links may no longer function.

If you have specific questions around ingredients, cleaning/sanitation chemicals and procedures, personnel practices, or other food safety, supply, and distribution changes, reach out to our experts:

Our team can also provide process authority services in case you need to change processes and/or formulations. For more information visit the Cornell Food Venture Center and for dairy-related process authority services contact Rob Ralyea (


This work is supported by USDA NIFA AFRI Grant NO:2020-68006-32875/ Accession no. 1024254 from the USDA National Institute of Food and Agriculture. Any opinions, findings, conclusions, or recommendations expressed on this website are those of the author(s) and do not necessarily reflect the view of the USDA.